Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Navi-Cam Caches
started by: PC Medic

Posted by Guest on Nov. 04 2001,12:42 pm
Started this topic to stir up some discussion about a new type of cache. It involves finding your way to the correct spot in front of a web-cam based on the coordinates provided by the submitter.

The trick to this type of cache is that you will also need another participant in front of a PC somewhere. Why, because they will need to go to the web-cams page while you are in front of it, and save the image to be submitted as proof of your success.

For one exaple of how this type of cache can be placed see the < Issaquah On The Avenue > cache listed here on Navicache.



Posted by Guest on Nov. 04 2001,12:53 pm
Just a couple tips on submitting a Navi-Cam cache listing..

Before submitting these types of caches be sure that the finder will be able to save the image from the webcam you have chosen. Some webcams use a type of streaming video that can make it hard if not near impossible to capture the image using right-click/save picture as.

Also, if the webcam is indoors (many businesses and such have webcams) please note the hours of operation in your cache posting. Be depressing to travel to a cache to find the place closed.  ???
Posted by Quinn on Nov. 05 2001,10:43 pm
I found this type of Geocaching to be very interesting as well as something that Cachers can easily do in the winter time. The only thing is that it would be much more fun if we could put our heads together and think of a way to make it more of a challenge than to just walk up and have a picture taken. Maybe have it as a multi waypoint. Does anyone else have any views on this that would make webcam Caches a bit tougher to do? maybe some brain work or perhaps some trivia solving online to get the camera location and coordinates?
Posted by dgridley on Nov. 05 2001,11:56 pm
Here's another thought.. if you look in the Cabella's catalog, you'll see they now have cams specifically to setup along a deer trail and take pictures at specified intervals. That might be interesting so long as no one took the camera (which comes in camo)...
Posted by Guest on Nov. 06 2001,3:51 pm
I have seen the type camera Dave is referring to in the past. They were designed with the deer hunter in mind with the intended use to be placing the camera in suspected RUT areas before season so you could determine the best time of day to hunt the area.. Haven't looked at them in a couple years but used to be kind of pricey. I would be skeptical about placing one and saying come and get me.
Posted by Guest on Nov. 06 2001,4:35 pm
Quote from Quinn, posted on Nov. 06 2001,00:43 am
Does anyone else have any views on this that would make webcam Caches a bit tougher to do? maybe some brain work or perhaps some trivia solving online to get the camera location and coordinates?


I have already thought about this while preparing to set up some here in my area.

First, use clues just like other caches. Saying "here are the coordinates to Ace Drug Store at 5th and Main go stand in front of their web cam" is hardly a challenge. I say just give coordinates and clues like any other cache.

This means that you will also have to be selective in the cams you use, just as you are selective of the areas you hide a normal cache. Try to pick one that does not give a view that makes it's location obvious. This way even after the person arrives in the area they will still need to look around for the cas placement.

Many state and national parks as well as college campuses, malls etc, now have live web cams so there are several ways this type cache could be done.


Posted by Road Kill on Nov. 08 2001,3:07 pm
I'm not sure I care for these Navi-Cam caches. I feel that they are a definite invasion of my privacy. I wouldn't want photos of myself out there available to just any Tom, Dick or Harry. :D
Posted by Quinn on Nov. 08 2001,3:49 pm
Quote from Road Kill, posted on Nov. 08 2001,5:07 pm
I'm not sure I care for these Navi-Cam caches. I feel that they are a definite an invasion of my privacy. I wouldn't want photos of myself out there available to just any Tom, Dick or Harry. :D


With that hat I can see why!! :rotflmao:
Posted by dgridley on Nov. 08 2001,6:42 pm
BTW, Road Kill, nice avatar.. and you're worried about a Navi-Cam??!

Hehe.. actually, I think they're a great idea but ideally they're most suited to the urban caches.
Posted by YardBoy on Nov. 08 2001,7:25 pm
Speaking of avatars, Dave...
Posted by Road Kill on Nov. 08 2001,8:36 pm
dgridley Quote:
actually, I think they're a great idea but ideally they're most suited to the urban caches.

Now you got me mad. :angry: I'm going out tomorrow and checking all the cow barns and silos in Perry for Navi-Cams. :looking: I'll show you "suited for Urban Caches"
Posted by dgridley on Dec. 08 2001,10:03 pm
BTW, Road Kill, nice avatar.. and you're worried about a Navi-Cam??!

Hehe.. actually, I think they're a great idea but ideally they're most suited to the urban caches.

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Hm, guess I'm too dumb to figure out the "quote" feature but anyways, as I look back, I honestly don't remember typing this at all! Actually, I DO like Road Kill's avatar.. not to say I like Road Kill tho, just his avatar! Hehe...
Posted by 300mag on Mar. 16 2002,9:24 pm
How about having these miniature cams advertised everywhere.These can be plugged to your pc or vcr. The cache owner can then FF to the next cacher and post a pic. As long as the wpt is near the camera's view. Like a bedroom window etc. Give the wpt location to a certain spot and you could even had a available time for the cache like between 9am to 6pm or something. Put a log book in a container in your driveway cedars etc. and have the cachers log in as they are getting filmed. I know this isn't always possible but if so this would be lot's of fun. Just a crazy idea :)



:D :D


Posted by artfuldodger on May 05 2002,6:48 am
Homebrew trail cam plans are available here:< Jesse's Hunting page >
Posted by Quinn on May 05 2002,7:04 am
This wouldn't be such a bad idea if a single use camera could be used, but using this to take candid pix of people instead of deer can most likely have your camera taken at the first sound of click or flash.
Very neat idea though.
Another thing is that if any type of trip wire is used could also scare the bee-jeebers out of someone.


Posted by Hinge Thunder on May 06 2002,7:08 am
Quote (artfuldodger @ May 05 2002,08:48 am)
Homebrew trail cam plans are available here:< Jesse's Hunting page >

That looks cool! I wouldn't use it for geocaching, but I may build one for my back yard (fully wooded, with lots of wildlife). I may actually have most of the parts lying around already.
Posted by Choberiba on May 06 2002,10:40 am
Quote (Quinn @ May 05 2002,06:04 am)
Another thing is that if any type of trip wire is used could also scare the bee-jeebers out of someone.

I've worked with a few Nam-Vets who were slightly off kilter. I wouldn't want to be standing next to any of them on a hike through the woods when something went "click".

In a somewhat but not-at-all related note.
I'm still trying to figure out a way to incorporate a microcache with a micro-winch mounted high up in a tree that's activated by a laser pointer.

You shine the light on the target, then the container is lowererd. After signing the log another light exposure would raise the cache back up out of sight (and danger from pilferage)
Posted by YardBoy on May 06 2002,12:24 pm
Quote (Choberiba @ May 06 2002,12:40 pm)
I've worked with a few Nam-Vets who were slightly off kilter. I wouldn't want to be standing next to any of them on a hike through the woods when something went "click".

In a somewhat but not-at-all related note.
I'm still trying to figure out a way to incorporate a microcache with a micro-winch mounted high up in a tree that's activated by a laser pointer.

Based on your micro-winch plans, you've been on R&R with my fellow VVets  :oo:
Posted by Hinge Thunder on May 06 2002,2:40 pm
Quote (Choberiba @ May 06 2002,12:40 pm)
In a somewhat but not-at-all related note.
I'm still trying to figure out a way to incorporate a microcache with a micro-winch mounted high up in a tree that's activated by a laser pointer.

But wouldn't it be SO MUCH MORE FUN, to hook it up to a clapper. Clap on, Clap off...CLAPPER!

I think it would be funny to watch a bunch of people wanding through the woods: *CLAP CLAP* move a little *CLAP CLAP*
Posted by Magpie on Oct. 16 2002,6:29 pm
I have been looking around on different public websites to see just what interesting web cams are out there to try and work up a multi camera cache scheme. I like the ideas I have seen listed on several cache sites and think this would be a great way to keep people busy in the winter.

I tend to travel quite a bit from state to state so something like this I would be interested in just to keep my feet wet.

I like this site but have never been one for small chit chat (just a reader at heart)  :)
Posted by axcion on Oct. 24 2003,2:20 am
Just wondering if this is a dead topic?

If anyone out there is considering this.....

Please leave the restrooms in parks off limits!:laugh:

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